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This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

You Know When

you make something, and you surprise yourself? Today was the day..

This card surprised me - big time!! I mean.. I am IN LOVE with Marvin The Bat from The Stamping Bazaar, come on..

I thought I best take a photo before I cut him out incase I fuffed up
and had to start again, hence the smudging around the outside of
him. Its not that I have a hard time staying in the lines;
its the fact that cotton bud heads are not delicate!! LOL.
Is he not just one of the cutest character you have ever seen?! Yes sir-ee!! Please check out the Stamping Bazaar blog and store. These people.. are just genius!!

I want to say a massive thank you to the Emma half of The Two Pink Ladies for inspiring me in such a way that I sat for almost two hours tryna work out how to colour this little critter in grey and black. 7+ digi images later I came up with this guy!! Isn't he just adorable?! *Hopefully if she is reading this she may do a tutorial for us? Hehe. *

I've had this card base lying around for forever - I forget why I had embossed it with the dot flourishes - but hey, its moment has finally arrived. The striped and dotted papers are from a free digi kit by Summer Driggs - love her stuff, thank you Shelly, for pointing me in that direction. I used some corrugated cardboard (another medium Emma uses a LOT of!!) from a box I got some stuff sent in from eBay (the Devil).

The handmade flowers are two 1" circles and 1 3/4" circle cut into a spiral and rolled to make mini flowers - the embellishments in the centre are from MeiFlower crafts - they're her sequin flowers - perfect for that finishing touch!! I added some Platinum Stickles here and there - my new fave Stickles, the colour looks gorgeous against kraft. I also dotted some orange Prima pearls to fill in some of the blank space.

You guessed it - I had to have my finishing touch - one rounded corner. I have seriously been neglecting my Corner Chomper of late - and for that I apologise *hangs head in shame* I love that tool!! I also added some Glossy Accents to his eyes for a bit more interest - but my crap photography skills didn't pick that up!!

The sentiment is put together atop a SU! tab punch. I used some Jenni Bowlin circle letter stickers and embossed a tiny 'friend' sentiment from a Hero Arts stamp set.  That delicious cream lace is from The Ribbon Girl!! I have stapled it in place to avoid any mess glue showing through.

Oh yum, did I mention, I just {love} this card!! So pleased with myself. I have been getting really down about my colouring techniques lately - especially using ProMarkers - I just can't seem to get the colours and shading right, although I'm working on it. So when I seen this technique Emma uses - I just had to have a go. Okay - I know, I have a long way to go until it even begins to look anywhere near as good as hers - but we all have to start somewhere!!

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× The Stamping Bazaar - 16th week - Spots and Stripes
× Digital Tuesday Challenge - Punches
× Anything Goes - Distressing
× Ladybug Crafts - 3 flowers, 2 dps and 1 image
× Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
× Incy Wincy Designs - Use punches or dies
× Little Claire Designs - Anything Goes
× Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
× I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
× 2 Sisters - Embossing
× Simon Says Stamp - Show us some Stripes

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!! I best hit the hay, I'm up at 7 and I have a loooong day ahead. I don't know why I insist on doing this to myself?! LOL. Have a good day tomorrow - 1 day closer to the weeeekeeeeend!! xo


  1. Great card! That Marvin is so cute! At first I had difficulties to find your 2 DPs, didn't realize the tab was a DP and I was looking everywhere to find the "dotted paper" you were talking about!
    Marvin is a real cutie...
    Thanks for playing with us at the Ladybug Crafts Ink recipe challenge this week!

  2. Lovely card! I love the image, it's SO cute!!!

  3. I love this card too! The image is so cute and I love the texture you have on this. Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy.
    Nikki F x

  4. Hi, love your blog..... your cards are fab, really inspirational. Happy crafting, L.

  5. You should be please Lou, this is fantastic! Hugs Tracy x

  6. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.

  7. that is too cute... fab digi and card elements...
    thanks for playing along at Party Time Tuesdays.. hope to see you again next week... hugs Bev PTT DT

  8. Wonderful cute card. Thank you for joining us at Anything goes this fortnight.

  9. Definitely too cute to be scary, love your card. Thanks for playing along at LCI this week.

  10. Really cute card, I have something for you, pop over to my blog to collect it xx

  11. Hi,

    Great card, really love the image. Thank you for joing us at Little Claire.

    missyb x

  12. What a lovely cute card, great flowers. Thanks for joining us at LCI this week. Pami x

  13. He's lovely. I've not seen this image before and he's so cute. Would be a great halloween image. I love the swirls on the card, and the colouring. A great creation. Thanks for joining in with our embossing theme at 2 Sisiters this week. Hope to see you again next week. Annette xx

  14. He's lovely. I've not seen this image before and he's so cute. Would be a great halloween image. I love the swirls on the card, and the colouring. A great creation. Thanks for joining in with our embossing theme at 2 Sisiters this week. Hope to see you again next week. Annette xx

  15. Great work Lou. Please pop ove rto my blog for a well deserved award.

  16. Awwww!! I love this cute little bat! AND I love your cute card :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at IDIC this week xx

  17. Awwwwww......how cute is Marvin?!?!?!?! You have done a FAB job with the colouring Lou and those paper roses are gorgeous!!! The cardboard is a great medium to work with don't you think???
    GORGEOUS work....
    Big hugs
    Emma and Susan

  18. love the card marvin is really cute thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  19. Wonderful card and beautiful colouring of the image 'Marvin the Bat'. Thank you for joining us this week, hope to see you again next week.
    Love and hugs
    Susan and Emma
    DT Co-ordinators
    The Stamping Bazaar

  20. What a cute image; adorable card you've created!

    Thanks for joining us at LCI this week!



  21. oh what a cute image .. i love bats lol
    Great take on our recipe this week at LCI
    Good luck
    Lisa ;)

  22. oooohhhh Marvin is tooooo cute. i love him :) Fab card it al works so well
    hugs rozzy xx

  23. Brilliant! I love everything about your card - you have a great style!

    Thx for sharing with us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!

    Mary J xxx

  24. Such a cute little fella! I love the way you combined Kraft CS and lace, really cute card! Thanks for joining us at PTT this week!

  25. I love your project! Thanks for partying with us at Party Time Tuesdays! Hope to see you back next week.


  26. I never imagined a bat could be so cute!

    I love this card.

    Thanks for joining us at the Little Claire's challenge.

    Sharon x


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